Thursday, August 18, 2016

REVIEW - VARIOUS ARTISTS - POWER ELECTRONICS AGAINST COMMUNISM - COMPILATION - CASSETTE

VARIOUS ARTISTS - POWER ELECTRONICS AGAINST COMMUNISM - COMPILATION - CASSETTE
VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS/VP65
POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE
WHITE PRO-PRESSED CASSETTE WITH STICKERS.
COMES IN PLASTIC CASE WITH FOLD OUT J-CARD
INSERT.

NOTE:
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL ON THIS ONE. IF THIS IS OFFENSIVE TO YOU
I'D RECOMMEND THAT YOU AVOID THIS ONE. NATIONAL SOCIALIST THEMES
ARE OBVIOUSLY PREVALENT ON THIS RELEASE. DON'T SAY YOU WERE NOT 
WARNED AHEAD OF TIME. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN REMAIN UN-PHASED,
OBJECTIVE OR ENJOY CONTROVERSIAL MUSIC FOR WHAT IT IS OR HAPPEN 
TO SUBSCRIBE TO THESE IDEOLOGIES, CONTINUE READING.

SIDE A.)

I.) WOJTEK - PERVERTS OUT OF KRAKOW:
We go to war with WOJTEK leading the fight. Resistant Power Electronics with 
a lot of Harsh Noise elements. Booming sub-bass crashes are met with caustic
textures and groaning drones. Vocals are delivered in low maniacal death growls
laced in wet effects that create a sickening, frothing edge to an already enraged
delivery. Harsh scrapes and hissing bursts accompany our trek through sludge and
muck on a path to the battlefield. Conditions are wretched to say the least. This
is a strong opening track that sets the tone for included themes of resistance and
combat against the chosen enemy. A war-machine on a rampage, Leaving a swirling haze
of mass destruction in its wake. Taking a grim and relentless rather than uniform
and militant approach. WOJTEK definitely lights the fire before the torch is passed
to ZOCIALISTS ZEITGEIST.

II.) ZOCIALISTS ZEITGEIST - LEADERLESS RESISTANCE:
No leaders. Just fury. ZOCIALISTS ZEITGEIST's track opens with spoken samples
conveying their own personal propaganda recited over fields of swarming feedback,
Crying strands of feedback that spread like sweeps of chemical warfare, Oscillating
drones in deep resonant waves, And scathing scratching rhythms. The track calls out
revolutionaries and criticizes their tactics. A message to their own on how Z.Z. thinks
attacks and protocols should be carried out. A straightforward and fairly minimal piece,
But one that serves its purpose. A very precise strike with a very precise target. Many
will not identify with the message but the execution and composition is still easy to
enjoy for Power Electronics fans.

III.) LONE WOLF INSURGENT - TRAITORS ARE NOT GENTLEMEN:
Next up, LONE WOLF INSURGENT roll in with corrosive waves of semi-harsh density.
Spoken samples follow on the rear and spread their message across a charred sonic
soundscape. Static textures and sample manipulations keep things moving along as
the political message comes through as if to inspire hope in the darkest of times.
Shifting patterns emerge as feedback and semi-melodic tones ring out over barren
fields of black static. Experimental noise elements come in. Distant pulses that
struggle to be heard among churning seas of decayed ambient. Stark and stoic stuff
that amplifies aural themes of grimness sonically applied to the album. There are
undertones of seriousness and severe urgency to the piece. Overall a pretty solid
addition to the compilation. Definitely much more subtle than what I am used to
hearing from LONE WOLF INSURGENT which shows how versatile the project can be.

IV.) GENOCIDE LOLITA - PROMISED LAND:
This one is the odd man out to me. The production is of a slightly "higher" or 
more "professional" studio type of quality. This honestly throws me off a little 
bit, But it also keeps things interesting. Like the two previous tracks this is 
heavily sample based. Relying on these instead of vocals. Looped samples concerning 
"Jewish control" open the track and pave the way for electric energy flowing over a 
mid-tempo bass thump. Pummeling secondary rhythms, Humming resonance and some pretty 
cool sounding samples (Filters/effects applied) Repetition and building layers are the 
mode of attack here and the campaign is a success. An excellently crafted work that 
shifts into various phases throughout it's duration. Each one invoking a deeper 
meditative/trance-like state. Each sound here behaves as if under strict orders, 
Never straying from it's duty. A well oiled machine functioning at full capacity. 

V.) DETERGE - IGNOMINIOUS TENURE:
DETERGE bring back and greatly amplify the ferocity and rage we heard with WOJTEK.
Spoken interview samples intro the track and then we are absolutely assaulted with
a furious firefight of hectic noise. A barrage filled with grinding fast paced rhythms,
Strange electronic experimentation, A panicked and frenzied crowd of samples and bitter
sore throat screams cloaked neath some of the coolest vocal filters/effects I've heard
quite a while. Live wire lashes lacerate the senses as each spiteful vocal strike fills
the air. Hazy atmospheres are created through the mass of myriad noise elements. A pause
takes us into another sample accompanied by tribal hand percussion's. This brief moment
lets us catch our breaths and regain our grounding before the next slaughter strike rolls
in. Relentless. 

VI.) PLANTATION - AMERICA'S GREATEST SHAME:
Patriotic orchestral samples like something out of an old 1950's movie intro.
Informative/public educational samples concerning the "dangers and illness of
homosexuals" are heard. Moaning machines in absolute misery. This is what the
base layer of electronics sound like. Feedback flirts with raspy vocals filled
with rage and disgust. Additional samples are utilized and discuss how homo-
sexuals are portrayed in the media. Whining feedback and vacuous ambiance serve
as a platform for PLANTATION to deliver his thoughts and feelings. There is an
undeniable amount of passion in the vocal delivery. Oscillating drones rise into
a powerful onslaught. Weird/schizophrenic noises run wild and gradually fade
into outro samples. All together a well put together and well paced track.

VII.) SKOPTZY - TIGERS FOR ARKAN:
The A side closes with SKOPTZY. This project is entirely new to me. The track
offers minimal noise textures, Buried/somewhat muffled samples, Screaming feedback
that rings for an extended period of time over surging/coursing electrical energy.
A very short track that serves as an outro to the first side of the tape. I wouldn't
say this is the most impressive introduction to a project, But I can't judge the entire
project on one short track alone. This is one I'll have to look into and give a full
listen to. For what it is, It's a cool piece. But nothing ground breaking and it by
no means reinvents the wheel in my opinion.

SIDE B.)

VIII.) A.Z.A.B. - MASOWY GROB DLA MARKSIZMU 
KULTUROWEGO NARODOWE ODRODZENIE EUROPY:
Unlike the previous SKOPTZY track, A.Z.A.B. on the other hand is a project I 
am quite familiar with and generally know what to expect from. Manipulated
spoken samples against a backdrop of sirens and multiple tormented wails.
Riot/protest chants come powerfully under the same effects followed by
harsh noise that sounds like sand being grinded into glass by industrial
machinery. Echoing rasps and tough shouts boom and resonate, Bouncing off
of the walls until they fade out. Harsh rhythmic noise patterns form crushing
force like stones grinding bones into dust in repetition. The A.Z.A.B. sound
is here, But has been expanded upon showing that the artist has some new tricks
up his sleeves. This one is a slow death-bringer that hits hard in a subtle way.
Stealth concealing the worst of fates. The tones are powerful and deep, Which
adds a lot of oomph as the vocals swarm in and raid from above. Experimental
movements and samples hit the points home and hold no remorse what so ever.

IX.) TERROREACTOR - OPPOSING EQUALITY:
From the blunt title here it should be apparent that this isn't "safe" or 
"easy listening." Not that anything along those lines should be expected 
on an album filled with artists of this nature. Violent spoken samples 
bring dark sarcasm. Next we are utterly obliterated by massive bouts of
destruction and devastation. Huge landslides bring an avalanche of aggression.
Shifting quakes of density, Warped plasma cannon electronics that sound like
an epic war among the stars. Blackened rasps in distorted blasts. Feedback
and coliseum caliber roars. This is fucking war. By far one of the fiercest
tracks on the compilation. Mortar fire sub-bass wrapped in strong distortion.
Corrosive rivers of noise/feedback flow carrying an old song on an old record
off into annihilation.

X.) STURMFUHRER - UBERMENSCHEN UBER GOTT:
Booming militant marching drums. The war has just begun. We prepare to set
out for another raid. Brass orchestral horns and epic battle ambiance flow
in with a rallying call to victory. Inspiration for the troops in their war
against the reds. The vocals are clean, Low and dull, Almost monotone words
are recited. This is Martial Industrial at it's finest. Minimalism shows how
less can certainly be more. Carrying a banner of grim certainty that deaths
will be required and casualties will be unavoidable. Haunting melodic synths
perform a sub-orchestral elegy to the ghosts of fallen soldiers. This is a
dark and beautiful piece. Emotive to an extent I didn't expect to hear on
this release at all. Or at least not quite in this way. I am honestly very
impressed with how well done this one is. Excellent track that adds just
the right amount of diversity to the release.

XI.) GODCAGE - YOUR OPPRESSION:
Fragmented, Crumbling noise and screaming/hissing feedback. Sudden barrages
come as distorted masses like a dilapidated building collapsing in on itself.
Vocals are delivered in frantic shouts that have a bit of a D.S.B.M. feel to
them. This one is done in a very to the point, Get in, Fuck shit up, Get out 
approach. Additional feedback like the screeching of rusted wheels struggling
to turn against each other is heard along with more dense aggression. This one
reminds me of the 90's Power Electronics approach. Oppressive, Smothering and
absolutely ugly sounds. Gnarly stuff that would confuse neighbors and concern
friends and family. Coarse, Rough yells with in a Death/Doom style aid in the
end. Feedback is heavily present as well as corroded noise that sounds like it
could strip the paint from the walls of a room. Similar to the A.Z.A.B. track 
in terms of composition and delivery. A great addition to the release.

XII.) HATE SPEECH - DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS (P.E.A.C. MIX):
HATE SPEECH offers up an alternate mix of a track off of their debut release.
Distorted samples that sound like they are breaking apart and flaking off like
a shedding serpent. Battleground sub-bass wrapped in distortion. Intense from
the start. White water rapid aggression sweeps in and demolishes everything in
it's path. Feedback and muffled, Distorted screams fill the air with disgust
and passion in a call to aktion/call to arms. This is much heavier than the
album version (Which is really saying something.) Turbine blades mince us
into tiny fucking bits and force us into a roaring furnace. Shit like this
is the reason I got into Power Electronics in the first place. Bestial war-
fare that holds nothing back and goes for the jugular. It literally sounds
like Armageddon has hit your household. Hope you're listening to this in a
bomb shelter. All comfort is ripped away and discarded here. An urgent call
to take a stand. Whether or not you are down for the cause...This is undeniably
awesome Power Electronics.

XIII.) ANTHEMS OF ANCIENTS - OF OLD FIRE...COMES NEW IRON:
Finally the finale comes via ANTHEMS OF ANCIENTS. Another project that is new
to my ears. What sounds like a distant train whistle is heard over seething 
Dark Ambient movements. Stark and foreboding with a hint of melancholy and
mournfulness. Fairly quiet stuff with doomy synths with a bit of a "Dungeon
Synth" type of sound. Deep, Down-tuned voices moan and groan in a miserably
wretched manner. What sounds like marching soldiers gradually becomes audible.
Distant synths carry faint hints of melody. This could have easily worked as 
an intro track to a 90's second wave Black Metal record. Here it will serve
as an outro. As the troops slowly march back home from their war against the
communists.

A PRETTY SOLID LINEUP OF SOME SERIOUSLY
BEASTLY STUFF.CHECK IT OUT IF YOU'RE BRAVE 
ENOUGH:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

vanguard-productions.com 

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